In May 2018, the Arts Innovation and Management program (AIM) expanded to seven cities including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., to help small and midsized nonprofit arts organizations build their organizational capacity.
SUPPORTING THE ARTS WITH UNRESTRICTED FUNDS AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Piloted in New York City in 2011 – then called the Arts Advancement Initiative – and launched nationally in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in 2015, this invitation-only grant program provides two years of unrestricted general operating support to a wide range of organizations, including theater, visual arts, music, film, literature, and dance.
In addition, grantees participate in a management training program, primarily developed by the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, to improve fundraising, increase audiences, engage board members and develop strategic plans. Grantees are also required to secure matching funds; reach 100 percent board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information on DataArts, an innovative online management tool that enables users to track and benchmark their performance.
The Arts Innovation and Management program is part of the American Cities Initiative, a suite of investments that empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.